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Defective product in California leads to Salmonella outbreak

Most Americans do not stop and question the production of foods that they consume. There are a number of regulations in place to ensure that food is safe for eating. Unfortunately, these precautions do not prevent every improperly processed or flawed product from entering stores and homes. The sale of a defective product in California has resulted in the illness of hundreds.

Foster Farms chicken has been deemed the source of a major Salmonella outbreak that spans across 27 states. The outbreak strains showed resistance to multiple antibiotics. This resistance makes those facing this disease more likely to require hospitalization and have treatment failure. The investigation of this Salmonella outbreak continues as more people with the strain are reported.

So far in the investigation, 574 people have been infected from the beginning of the outbreak. The reports of those with the illness span over a year period. Many of these victims had to be hospitalized because of this illness; a blood infection resulted in 13 percent of those with the Salmonella infection. No deaths have been linked to this outbreak as of yet. Measures are being taken at Foster Farm facilities to prevent the spreading of disease in the future.

This particular Salmonella outbreak was traced to Foster Farms facilities in California. However, the outbreak has spread to a large number of states and has affected hundreds. Those who have been contaminated by this defective product have the right to file claims that may lead to compensation for the medical treatment they have had to undergo. These claims may also help the company realize the widespread consequences of faulty processing and encourage more safety measures.

Source: einnews.com, "Multistate Outbreak of Multidrug-Resistant Salmonella Heidelberg Infections Linked to Foster Farms Brand Chicken", , May 27, 2014

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